On Monday, we gathered for the first workshop of this year’s Stories of Resistance, Resurgence and Resilience in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough. The day started with an incredible intergenerational cabaret, opened by Elder Shirley Williams and Prof. May Chazan. We heard moving words from Dr. Lynn Gehl, Tasha Beeds, Carlo Quinones, and Niambi Leigh, and uplifting songs from the Raging Grannies. Many thanks to each of you. We were moved by the poetry and reflections. And we needed the satirical input of song.
We then sat together for a roundtable centred on the question of what brought us into social change work. It is hard to put words to the generosity of those who shared, the power of their stories, and the feelings in the room. We are grateful to Elder Audrey Kewaquom-Caskanette, who opened the roundtable with an inspiring story about her own work in community, and to each person who shared: Lynn, Tasha, Elder Shirley, Leigh, Hannah, Kate, and Shegufa. These were such important stories and reflections for all of us to hear, and we sit quietly with them and with the knowledge that it takes immense personal strength and emotional energy to share in this way. We also thank everyone for contributing to the space with their unique presence and supportive listening.
Chi-miigwech to everyone for coming and for your many contributions. It was an honour to share the day with all of you!
Stay tuned for the digital media capsules that the storytellers and students of GWMST 4122 will create together in the coming weeks. In the mean time, here are a few photos from the day, captured by Jenn and Heidi: